Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The Nurse Aide Training courses prepare students to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety and emergency care issues are all presented. The combined course provides five hours of college credit and includes classroom activities, practicing lab skills, and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course the student will be eligible to take the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). 

Application Procedure

  1. Apply for admission. Apply here
  2. Apply for in-district buy down if applicable. In-District Application
  3. Complete the paperwork for nursing program including the immunization submission and background check. Download packet
  4. Complete the paper registration form with CRNs written in and having the instructor/department approval on it. (Included in packet)
  5. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or take it to the Johnson building in Rangely or the front desk in Craig.
  6. You'll then be registered on a first come, first served basis for the CNA course.

Additional Nurse Aide Program Information

Complete a CPR class. It must be an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider course PRIOR to taking nurse aid courses. Use this link to take the online certification and print the certificate, take the certificate of completion to Aubrey Wilkey to schedule a skills test. Contact Aubrey Wilkey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 970-824-1104 for more information.

Attend a course orientation session to be announced typically 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class. 


Additional Requirements: The following are required for participation in clinical, certification, and future employment. 

  • Criminal Background Check: The State of Colorado requires that everyone who wants to be a nurse aide must have a criminal background check (CBC). Please review the list of Disqualifying Offenses. 
  • Proof of Immunizations: These can be obtained from your private health care provider or your local public health office. Contact the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association for an appointment at 824-8233 or 879-1632. 
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella: You must have proof of immunity, vaccination (2 doses); 
    • Tetanus (TD or Tetanus-Diphtheria): You must have a vaccination within the past 10 years; 
    • TB: A two-step TB screening will be completed/ documented prior to clinical/client contact; 
    • Hepatitis B: This is highly recommended for health care workers and is a series of 3 shots; Meningococcal vaccine or waiver 2
    • Beginning in 2020 healthcare facilities that provide clinical experiences for our CNA program are REQUIRING the Covid-19 vaccination and booster immunizations. CNCC does NOT require the Covid Vaccine however, to perform and be accepted into a clinical rotation you must show proof of vaccination at this time.

Dress Code: The student will be required to wear scrubs, appropriate footwear, a watch with a second hand, and a CNCC student name tag at all times while in a clinical facility. No jewelry will be permitted other than a wedding band. Long nails, excessive make-up, or perfume are not permitted.

Financial Aid: There may be financial assistance available through the College (contact your local CNCC campus), the Colorado Workforce Center, or through a potential employer.

NATCEP: A nurse aide who pays for a Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) and becomes employed by a facility (that received Medicare/Medicaid funds) within 12 months of date of certification must be reimbursed by the facility, prorated for the portion of the 12-month period that the individual was employed by the facility.

“Pursuant to Section 483.152(c) of the Federal Rules and Regulations related to Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs (NATCEP), a long-term care facility(“facility”) that receives Medicare or Medicaid funds must reimburse a nurse aide who pays for a NATCEP and becomes employed by the facility within 12 months of date of certification, prorated for the portion of the 12-month period that the individual was employed by the facility.”  


For more information contact

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Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator/Nursing Instructor
Denise Huff

Office: (970) 824-1115

Nursing Program Coordinator
Aubrey Wilkey

Office: (970) 824-1104



About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.